‘Anomalisa’ (2015) Review | IndieAdam

In many ways, and this isn’t for the mere sake of clever wordplay, Anomalisa – the latest film from the weird and wonderful mind of Charlie Kaufman – is an anomaly in and of itself. Where the endless possibilities of animation have taken audiences on fantastical, often family-friendly and largely un-film-able journeys, Kaufman and stop-motion…

‘The Revenant’ (2015) Review | IndieAdam

Fresh off of Birdman, The Academy and yours truly’s favorite film of 2014, Director Alejandro G. Inarritu returns alive and in full form for The Revenant. One, perhaps less cinema-savvy moviegoer, however, might refer to it as “The new DiCaprio one,” but for all intents and purposes—despite Leo’s animalistic performance being silently front and centre—the…

‘The Hateful Eight’ Review | Indie Adam

By the director’s eighth feature film, Tarantino aficionados are well aware of the filmmaker’s clever, often repetitive but nonetheless stylistically conversational, brand of dialogue. Fans have become so revered by it, in fact, that a live cast reading of The Hateful 8 script last year seemingly confirmed Tarantino’s penmanship alone could sustain audiences’ attention during…

‘The Danish Girl’ Review | Indie Adam

  2015 marks yet another strong year for compelling, complicated, and capable female characters; Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, Emily Blunt in Sicario, Carrey Mulligan in Suffragette, Cate Blanchett in Truth and Carol, Brie Larson in Room, and, heck, even Julia Roberts in Secret in Their Eyes. It’s a palpable success for feminists…

‘Carol’ (2015) Review | Indie Adam

Carol may be in reference to the film’s title character (painted with the motherly warmth and wisdom of Cate Blanchett), but more stirring observations can be made when referring to its nod towards the holiday season. Told by the pen of Phyllis Nagy (based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith) and through the lens of…

‘Krampus’ (2015) Review | IndieAdam

  Not much is expected out of a December Christmas-themed horror release, compiling fears of rushed production and contemporary genre prejudice. From the opening minutes of Krampus – animalistic shoppers tearing apart their local superstore and each other before mindlessly handing over thousands of dollars in exchange for holiday goods – this existential portrait western…

‘The Good Dinosaur’ (2015) | IndieAdam

An anomaly in many ways, Pixar’s sixteenth film, The Good Dinosaur, marks the first time the company has released two films in the same year—joining the animation mongrel’s other original feature, and summer success, Inside Out. Screenwriter, Meg LeFauve, however, red-hot following the simplistic emotional complexities of the latter, simplifies things with this heartwarming prehistoric…